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  • Full-time


To protect the health and safety of Arizona consumers, advance and support Arizona agriculture, and safeguard commerce.



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Posting Details:

Salary: 21.96 - 21.96 

Grade: 16

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

                                                                       ***POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED***

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for one (1) Animal Health Inspector for our Animal Services Division; the duty post for this position will be located in Chino Valley and the surrounding areas.

The Animal Services Division protects the public from contagious and infectious disease in livestock, poultry, commercially raised fish, meat, milk, and eggs. We do this by enforcing laws concerning the movement, sale, importation, transport, slaughter, and theft of livestock. In addition, we regulate food processing and manufacturing facilities and conduct substantial food safety and quality inspections of Dairy, Meat, Egg products produced or stored in Arizona.

Under direction from the Supervising Livestock Officer, the successful candidate will monitor the health and proper identification of animals moving within the state through on-site reviews at ranches, feedlots, dairies, exhibitions and auction markets. Monitor compliance with self-inspection requirements and Beef Council fee collection by periodically reviewing records of livestock owners; investigate reports of stray livestock and notify owner, if known, or deliver to appropriate stray facility. Support any emergency response that involves animals directly or indirectly. Handle money and make weekly deposits. Prepare and appropriately submit weekly activity reports, departmental case reports, time sheets, travel claims and stray/seized livestock reports in accordance with department regulations. You will be required to drive a State vehicle, you will be required to keep the vehicle clean, in good condition and maintain vehicle service and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

Monitor the health and proper identification of animals moving within the state through on-site reviews at ranches, feedlots, dairies, exhibitions and auction markets.
Monitor self-inspection requirements
Prepare and submit weekly reports and deposits

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Federal/State laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and practices regarding livestock
• Basic animal nutrition, husbandry and health
• Report writing
• Effective investigation

• Basic computer and software programs
• Verbal and written communication
• Maintaining composure in stressful situations

• Organize/prioritize work load
• Drive truck towing trailer
• Handle livestock safely
• Think analytically and solve routine problems
• Communicate with various internal and external customers
• Apply interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, stakeholders and the general public
• Submit required paperwork in a timely manner

Selective Preference(s):

Livestock Experience
Reading Brands

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Arizona Driver's License

Requires possession of and the ability to retain a current Arizona driver’s license. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving record and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). The employee will have to provide their own transportation and will be compensated for mileage while conducting state business.


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Mandatory condition of Employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 12.17%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Meek at mmeek@azda.gov for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.